Date: May 9, 2005
For the past 34 years Andrews University’s classical station, WAUS FM 90.7, has called the basement of the Campus Center their home, sending out beautiful music from what were originally physics classrooms and offices. As of May 1, WAUS’ dream of a new studio has become a reality thanks once again to the generosity of John and Dede Howard, namesakes of the Howard Performing Arts Center, and many other alumni and friends of Andrews and WAUS.
Space for a new studio was designed into the plans for the Howard Performing Arts Center from the beginning; however, when the Howard opened its doors in 2003, there was not yet enough funding available to finish the studio.
That all changed in August 2004 when the Howards issued a challenge grant of $308,700, half of what would be required to finish the studio. The pledged money would be issued upon the condition that by May 1, 2005, a matching amount of money had been raised. Andrews University alumni, community members, and friends came together to meet this challenge, and thanks in particular to the generosity of one local family, who gave a total of $100,000 to the project, the May 1 deadline was met.
“It’s been a wonderful experience talking with our community and with our alumni and friends about this project,” commented Lisa Jardine, director of campaigns and special projects at Andrews. “They’ve rallied behind this project, and we’re thrilled for what this progress will do for our campus and community.”
Construction on the John E.N. and Dede Howard Studio of WAUS FM is scheduled to begin this summer, to be completed in December 2005.
“We at WAUS are thrilled and grateful for the support shown by the community and our alumni,” stated Sharon Dudgeon, WAUS general manager. “We are excited about the possibilities that will open up to us as we move out of the basement of the Campus Center and into the Howard Performing Arts Center.”